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Flood receives scholarship

Spencer Flood, daughter of Mark and Corynn Flood, was recently awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship by AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services.

Students within AgStar’s 69-county service area in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin were eligible to apply if they have an agriculture background or plan to study toward a career in an ag-related field. Applications were evaluated based on the student’s academic record, vocational promise, community service, and leadership qualities. A grade point average of 3.0 or better was required.

A graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, Spencer plans to attend South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in agriculture educaton.

DCHS graduates learn about change and choices at Baccalaureate

DC senior Alicia Johnson read scripture passages at the 2017 Baccalaureate service May 31.

DC senior Alicia Johnson read scripture passages at the 2017 Baccalaureate service May 31.

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato High School invited its 2017 graduates, their families, and other community members to attend its annual baccalaureate service May 31.

Senior Madeleine Schut opened the worship service with a welcome address and invocation, which was followed by encouragements of faith presented by fellow seniors Seth Looft and Emma Erickson.

Looft shared with attendees how his life was transformed by choosing to lean on Jesus Christ, while Erickson encouraged her classmates to leave the “shores of safety” for Christ, “[Who is] better.”

The scripture readings, read by Alicia Johnson, included Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 37:1-7.

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Psalm 37:1-7: “Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.”

The evening’s message was given by Pastor Keith Carlson of Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. Carlson recalled his personal high school graduation experience ,consisting of the repeated question, “What’s next?”

While Carlson didn’t have a specific answer for this year’s graduates, he did inform them of two words that would define their futures: choice and change.

“Life will continue to change by rapid choices,” he said.

Read the full story in the June 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Dassel Elementary’s Ganser retires after four decades

Gail Ganser has been professionally teaching school for four decades. Really, though, she’s been a teacher her whole life.

The Dassel Elementary School third-grade teacher, who chose to retire at the close of this school year, distinctly remembers “playing school” as a child. “I played all the time with the neighborhood kids,” she recalled.

To read the complete story, see the Friday, June 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

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PHOTO GALLERY — DC class of 2017 graduates

DASSEL, COKATO, MN — Dassel-Cokato’s class of 2017 celebrated the end of its high school career at the commencement ceremony at DCHS June 4. View photos from the day by clicking here. Select images will appear in the June 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

VIDEO: Cokato teachers on tricycles

COKATO, MN – This year for the Cokato Elementary Reading Challenge, staff challenged students to make moves on the “reading counts” wall.

Milestones on the wall are achieved as students read books and take “reading counts” quizzes.

Because Cokato students made 300 moves on the wall, Mr. Franklin and two teachers raced against each other on tricycles.

Mr Franklin is notorious for making a new reading goal each year, and the kids always look forward to what he has planned.

Long-time caring Cokato teacher retiring

Cokato Elementary teacher Pat Kusler, retiring at the end of this school year, said she cannot imagine a career more rewarding than teaching.

Cokato Elementary teacher Pat Kusler, retiring at the end of this school year, said she cannot imagine a career more rewarding than teaching.

COKATO, MN – Cokato Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Pat Kusler has made the decision to retire at the end of this school year, yet she claims to never have had a job.

“I love what I do,” the soft-spoken teacher said. “It’s an amazing gift and I’ve loved every bit of it.”

Kusler, an area native, and the fourth of nine siblings, is a Dassel-Cokato High School graduate herself.

She always wanted to be a teacher. After earning her degree, she taught in Janesville for six years, then moved to Dassel Elementary and taught fourth grade. She transferred her classroom to Cokato Elementary in 1992, and has been there ever since.

Kusler most enjoyed teaching reading and mathematics. She says she was never a good mathematics student, herself but noted she continued to learn by preparing to teach.

She enjoyed having her students use their new knowledge to teach their own classmates, thereby fostering all students’ understanding.

Kusler got a lot of joy from the decade in which the district “looped” third and fourth grade students.

Read the full story in the May 29 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.